This afternoon was memorable in many ways. I was unbelievably fortunate to be granted winner in the English Open Section of "Love Is All Around" – The 2nd Chinese & English Essay-Writing Competition.
The writing task was an interesting one. We were asked to review/respond to a 6-min animation known as "The Last Knit", which is a popular video created by Laura Neuvonen. I wasn't sure if poetry would be a good idea for this writing contest but still decided to try regardless of the result. I submitted a 1300-word poem titled "Cocoon" in response to the video as I thought that the video was poetic in the first place. In my acceptance speech, I thanked the judges for recognizing my use of poetry and wished all people to have the wisdom not to live in an invisible cocoon.
The award ceremony was held in a hotel in Wanchai. I was happy to bump into a friend, Ms Janice Getzlaf, whom I knew from the Speech Festival. I also got chances to speak with my fellow awardees and guests in the ballroom. It was a great atmosphere in the occasion and I thought it was too good to be true.
For those of you who are curious about my winning piece...well, you need to watch that video first to be able to make sense of my verse. While it may not be the best poem I've ever written, it's certainly the longest one. Hope it brings some inspiration to you all.
You may download the poem here: